Are Pedestrian Accidents Overlooked?

Illinois accident attorney, Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois car crash lawyer, Most of us have some first-hand knowledge of car accidents since these types of accidents happen all the time. Many of us have not been involved in a pedestrian accident, even though these types of accidents are often serious in nature. There is some suggestion that pedestrian accidents are more dangerous than other modes of travel, and nearly 18 percent of all traffic fatalities involve pedestrians.

Pedestrian Accident, Injury, and Fatality Statistics

Three years ago, in 2015, nearly 5,400 pedestrians were killed in pedestrian accidents which involved cars. Every day, on average, 15 pedestrians were killed in pedestrian and car accidents, representing the highest number of pedestrians killed since 1996. In 2015, nearly 70,000 pedestrians were injured as a result of a pedestrian accident, yet only a small percentage of injuries from pedestrian accidents are recorded by the police.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries

There are many causes of pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities. However, the six types of pedestrian accident injuries include, but are not limited to the pedestrian:

  • Tripping on uneven or cracked sidewalk;
  • Tripping or falling in general;
  • Getting hit by a car;
  • Getting involved with wildlife or pets;
  • Tripping on stone; and
  • Stepping into a hole.

The most common cause of pedestrian accident includes tripping on uneven or cracked sidewalk (24 percent of all responses), and the least common causes include tripping on stone and stepping into a hole (each cause 5 percent of all responses). Tripping and falling (17 percent of all responses) and getting hit by a car (12 percent of all responses) are some of the more common causes of pedestrian accidents. Getting involved with wildlife and pets (6 percent of all responses) is one of the less common causes for pedestrian accidents.

Demographics of Pedestrian Accidents

Nearly 73 percent of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, and approximately 26 percent of all pedestrian deaths occurred in the evening hours. Approximately 34 percent of pedestrians killed had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. In 2014, about 70 percent of pedestrians killed were male. In the same year, the average age of pedestrians killed was 47 years old, and the average age of pedestrians injured was 37 years old.

Call an Orland Park Personal Injury Lawyer

Being involved in a pedestrian accident can be a very traumatizing experience. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, legal representation is to your benefit. At the law offices of James A. Payonk, Jr., P.C., we will consider your concerns and assist you in winning the best case results. To schedule a free initial consultation with our Cook County pedestrian accident attorneys, please call 708-633-6005 to get the help you deserve.


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